These Graduate Gallery Talks are the culmination of the Modern’s Graduate Tours Seminar, a course for area graduate students in the arts that is offered every fall by the education department. Members and the public are welcome to attend these specialized tours and benefit from the focused research and hard work undertaken by course participants. Two focused gallery talks will be presented by the students, each given twice.
November 3 – Valerie Hegarty, a Brooklyn-based artist who creates paintings, sculptures, and installations that often address themes of memory, place, and history—such as “Alternative Histories,” her 2013 intervention in the period rooms at the Brooklyn Museum—shares her work and experiences in the lecture “Valerie Hegarty: Reverse Archeology, the Creation of Decay and Other Uncanny Transformations.”
November 10 – Lauren Woods, a conceptual artist whose hybrid media projects—film, video and sound installations, public interventions, and site-specific work—engage history as a lens through which to view the sociopolitical nature of the present, shares her work.
A Special Lecture on Tuesday, December 8, 7 pm
Sally Mann, one of America’s most renowned photographers, presents her highly acclaimed and much-anticipated book Hold Still, recently published by Little, Brown. Come early for a book signing at 6 pm.
Glenn Kaino’s work carefully balances formal and conceptual concerns as the artist combines an often unexpected hybrid of materials in order to best communicate an idea, history, or system that might be less effective with traditional art media. His installation Tank, 2014, for example, is composed of seven aquariums containing clusters of coral species thriving on clear resin replicas of military tanks that are submerged in the water. Tank signals life after violence, rebuilding, and the organic triumphing over the inanimate.
The Modern will present a career retrospective of Frank Stella (American, born 1936), one of the most important living American artists. This survey will be the most comprehensive presentation of Stella’s career to date, showcasing his prolific output from the mid-1950s to the present through approximately 120 works, including paintings, reliefs, maquettes, sculptures, and drawings. Co-organized by the Modern and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, this exhibition will feature Stella’s best-known works alongside rarely seen examples drawn from collections around the world.
The photographs of Thomas Demand merge truthful documentation and unsettling artifice—two polarities raised by photography since its inception. For over two decades, Demand has built intricate, life-size, three-dimensional models made wholly out of colored construction paper and cardboard that faithfully replicate specific architectural spaces and natural settings. He photographs the ephemeral structure and destroys it once the image is made. He uses the same sculptural techniques with stop-motion animation in his films.
The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth will host a major survey exhibition of the work of Brooklyn-based artist KAWS (American, born 1974) on view in Fort Worth, Texas, October 16, 2016 through January 8, 2017, and traveling to the Yuz Museum in Shanghai, China, March through August 2017.